MORLOCK, Virginia M of Arlington, VA, died unexpectedly Dec 11, 2017. Beloved daughter of Marie (LaVoix) Morlock and the late Laurence Morlock of Centerville, MA. Also survived by her brother Paul Morlock and his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, her late brother William Morlock, her sister Elaine Morlock of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, her brother Raymond Morlock and his wife Gail of Winchester, MA, her sister Julie Keene and her husband Wade of Sagamore Beach, MA and her brother James Morlock and his companion Angelique Lamoreaux of Centerville, MA. Virginia enjoyed many special events and travel experiences with her companion Fred Burchill, Richmond, VA. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family members who deeply loved her for her ability to bring unique entertainment to every family event. We will all miss her enthusiastic smile and contagious laugh for many years to come.
Virginia’s career as Manager in the Mission Systems Strategy division based at the Northrop Grumman headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia began in 1999. Gin cherished the opportunities she had to engage with many thousands of associates and personnel throughout her 18 year tenure. Her prior roles included Government Relations Manager, Army Research & Development, and Program Capture Manager for Chemical/Biological Detection Systems.
Virginia was affectionately known as the “first lady” in the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Defense community. She traveled extensively around the world, often to austere locations, to test and improve advanced threat detection systems.
She was a tireless leader of numerous industry and women’s professional organizations. Virginia was one of the founding members and Chair Emeritus of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Industry Group, an industry advocacy group representing more than 130 Chemical and Biological companies. She also chaired the Dr. Billy Richardson Scholarship Committee that each year recognizes one of industry’s young researchers with a $1000 annual scholarship for the Aberdeen Science and Math Academy. Virginia was co-founder of a Washington DC-based networking organization for women with more than 250 members from Government, Academia and Industry and she was most recently elected to chair the Northrop Grumman Women’s International Network. She also had the passion for being an entrepreneur as owner of Captain Sam’s Treasures & Electric Bikes of Centerville, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject. This was Gin’s favorite charity; one that was so important to her.
Visiting Hours will be 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
[Photo below is Virginia with the ‘Rio’ respirator that she successfully bid on during the charity auction in 2012. Ed.]
Prominent world events, such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Ebola outbreak and the use of chemical weapons in countries such as Syria and Iraq, highlight the vital importance for the US military and first response units worldwide to be prepared for the most demanding of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNe) challenges.
Irrespective of how a release happens, and whether it be accidental or deliberate in nature, it is essential that response teams have the requisite skills to be able to identify, secure and work within any potentially hostile environment.
To this end, the creation of realistic, immersive and compelling scenarios, that accurately portray the challenges that teams will face in the field, is pivotal to effective training.
Research has shown that experiential learning is an incredibly powerful training tool, but when you are working with high-risk substances such as toxic chemicals or radiation, how can CBRNe instructors ensure the most realistic student experience whilst also maintaining the highest levels of safety?
In this blog post we discuss the significance of safety within the context of CBRNe training scenarios and explore the options currently available to provide safe and realistic hands-on training experiences.
The role of Live Agent Training (LAT)
One traditional approach to CBRNe training focuses on the use of Live Agent Training (LAT) which utilises quantities of actual chemical warfare agents to create authentic training scenarios. As such, LAT is a highly respected and invaluable tool in developing trainees’ “combat readiness,” to ensure they are prepared for all the realities of the field.
But while LAT is often described as the peak of chemical warfare agent (CWA) training, its intensive nature, the demands it places on staff and time and the ongoing cost commitment, can make it an untenable long-term repetitive training solution.
LAT training also relies on trainees having already reached a high level of competence before they undertake such training. As UK CBRNe specialist David Butler describes in the ebook, Chemical Warfare Agent Training Using Simulators, “The training is not taken lightly and is only allowed after the trainee has attained a thorough understanding of the hazards and their effects and consequences.”
Due to the highly toxic nature of the substances, LAT is also subject to stringent regulations, meaning that every element of the training must be strictly managed. Training can only take place in designated areas for example, and always in close collaboration with the military and environmental agencies.
If an LAT training centre is located in a populated area, then training can only take place inside. And any training that takes place outdoors is always carefully controlled, down to the time of day it occurs, the suitability of the weather conditions and the type and quantity of agent that is released.
Safety considerations in Simulant Agent Training (SAT)
A step down from LAT is simulant agent training (SAT) which follows many of the same principles of LAT but which utilises simulant agents that mimic the properties of actual CWAs.
While SAT significantly reduces the lethality of the substances used, there is still a risk of overexposure to the simulants which can present a hazard both to the trainees and their instructors. And while SAT offers a realistic training experience, it runs the risk of building false confidence which can compromise students’ understanding.
Simulants can also be difficult to dispense and control which can limit an instructor’s ability to replicate a specific scenario. Crucially too, the repeated use of simulants over time can result in chemical build-up which, aside from saturating the ground and compromising future exercises, can present a hazard to human health and the immediate environment as well as causing wear and tear to expensive detector equipment.
What viable alternatives are there to LAT or SAT training?
An alternative to both the LAT and SAT training methods is simulation training, which utilises the latest intelligent, computer-based simulation tools to offer a compelling, immersive and safe CBRNe training experience.
Simulator detectors require no actual chemical agents, responding instead to electronic simulation that mimics the exact qualities of real life hazards, which means it can be undertaken in any location, including buildings and civilian areas, and with zero risk of harm to the public, training personnel or the environment.
Aside from the normal instructions to safely handle and dispose of the commercial alkaline batteries used to power the devices, there are no significant health and safety or environmental implications in using simulator detectors.
The development of regular training to test responsibilities, capabilities and protocols is an essential component of CBRNe training for the military and first response teams. And at the heart of any training methodology should be an adherence to the highest levels of safety for personnel, civilians and the environment.
The creation of realistic training scenarios, utilising simulator detectors, offers a safe and viable alternative to other existing CBRNe training methods.
908 Devices, a pioneer of analytical devices for chemical and biomolecule analysis, announced it has been awarded a 10-year fielded contract through the United States Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. 908 Devices is recognized for its patented and award-winning high-pressure mass spectrometry™ (HPMS) technology, which powers its line of handheld chemical detection and identification devices. This includes the flagship M908™ and the MX908™, which launched in June of this year.
As a recipient of the $8.2 billion, multi-vendor contract, 908 Devices has been named a qualified contractor by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), whose mission it is to protect the Joint Force from weapons of mass destruction by generating affordable capabilities. Leveraging the power of HPMS, 908 Devices will now have the opportunity to compete for JE-RDAP task orders specific to future research, development, production, and fielding of CBRN defense systems.
“We are excited to be named a qualified contractor and for the opportunities it provides.,” said Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, President and CEO, 908 Devices. “We believe our handheld high-pressure mass spec platform can play a critical role in the modern response mission and look forward to working closely with the military to support and enhance its CBRN response needs.”
“This has been an exciting year for our safety and security team, and being a recipient of the JE-RDAP contract allows us to be an innovation partner with the government,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. “We will continue to explore and push the boundaries of our HPMS technology so as to be ready to support the evolving CBRN mission for years to come.“
BILLERICA, Massachusetts – November 28, 2017— Bruker announced a contract to deliver 133 RAID™ M-100 hand-held chemical detectors, which are based on Bruker’s advanced ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology, to the United States National Guard.
For deliveries through March 2018, the 133 RAID M-100 units upgrade and enhance the capabilities of the National Guard Homeland Response Force (HRF) and of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The RAID M-100s will replace older Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM) detectors that have been in service for many years.
The fast, sensitive and reliable response of the new RAID M-100 detectors will enhance mission capabilities of these strategic National Guard units, which are vital to national defense.
Mr. Frank Thibodeau, Vice President for Business Development for Bruker Detection Corporation, commented: “Bruker is very pleased to deliver this contract to such an important client, and it confirms our position as a key global supplier of chemical detection technologies for homeland security. Our RAID M-100 detectors are already in service with the National Guard Civil Support Teams (CST) nationwide.”
Bruker Detection Corporation is a leading provider of mobile, ruggedized and user-friendly CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) detection systems and solutions. Serving this demanding market for more than 30 years, Bruker Detection has built a reputation for delivering high quality, high performance and innovative solutions to its customers. For more information: www.bruker.com/cbrne
About Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR)
For more than 55 years, Bruker has enabled scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications that improve the quality of human life. Bruker’s high-performance scientific instruments and high-value analytical and diagnostic solutions enable scientists to explore life and materials at molecular, cellular and microscopic levels. In close cooperation with our customers, Bruker is enabling innovation, productivity and customer success in life science molecular research, in applied and pharma applications, in microscopy, nanoanalysis and industrial applications, as well as in cell biology, preclinical imaging, clinical phenomics and proteomics research, clinical microbiology and molecular pathology research. For more information, please visit: www.bruker.com
Geritrex LLC is now the distributor of the “dirty bomb” antidote Ca-DTPA/Zn-DTPA, Pentetate Calcium Trisodium Injection, and Pentetate Zinc Trisodium Injection (for treatment of plutonium, americium, or curium contaminants).
This antidote is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA) as a pharmacological countermeasure to a potential radiological release/nuclear detonation.
Ca-DTPA/Zn-DTPA is indicated for treatment of individuals with known or suspected internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium, to increase the rates of elimination of radioactive materials from the body due to exposure from a Radiation Dispersal Device (RDD), commonly known as a “dirty bomb.”
After the initial dose of Ca-DTPA, it is recommended that therapy be continued with Zn-DTPA.
To order, call 800-736-3437 or visit www.geritrex.com.
Smiths Detection Wins Narita International Airport Order for 20 CTX9800 Explosives Detection Systems05 December 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
Smiths Detection has announced that Narita International Airport Corporation in Japan has ordered 20 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) for hold-baggage screening.
Narita is the main international airport in Japan, handling around 50 percent of the country’s international passenger traffic and 60 percent of its international air-cargo traffic, and has collaborated with Smiths Detection to enhance hold-baggage screening capabilities for nearly ten years. Scheduled for deployment between 2019 and 2022, the new 20 CTX 9800 units will replace more than 27 legacy CTX systems and will allow Narita to screen hold baggage faster, more efficiently and with a reduced footprint. Helping to ensure maximum performance and system uptime, Smiths Detection’s onsite network of expert engineers and technicians will facilitate preventative and rapid-response maintenance services for a minimum of ten years.
This is the first order for Smiths Detection’s new CORAL Advanced Predictive Analytics Suite. Leveraging operational data to predict and schedule maintenance on hold baggage or checkpoint screening networks, CORAL is a powerful new tool to help airports minimize downtime while maximizing the efficiency of their service programme.
“Smiths Detection is delighted that Narita continues to recognize the superior imaging, detection and throughput capability of our EDS systems,” said Nathan Manzi, VP APAC at Smiths Detection. “Combined with an unmatched global service footprint that now includes advanced predictive analytics capabilities, Smiths Detection can help any size of airport deploy advanced hold-baggage screening capabilities to plan for evolving threats and growth.”
The scalability of Smiths Detection’s EDS systems means that threats, substances and cyber-security enhancements can be added over time via seamless software upgrades – reducing the need to replace the installed hardware. Powered by leading-edge computed tomography (CT) technology, CTX 9800 can be configured to deliver throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any legacy or new baggage-handling system. Approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference as meeting Standard 3 requirements, CTX 9800 is also certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
For more information on Smiths Detection’s solutions and services, visit www.smithsdetection.com..
The SaphyGATE G combines easy operation and maintenance with robustness and compliance with the strictest international standards
Bertin Technologies has announced the launch of its new SaphyGATE G range of radiation portal monitors. The first devices in this range of portal monitors automatically gauge the potential radioactivity of vehicles, such as trucks and trains, and their loads. Dedicated to the control of radiation hazards on industrial and civil sites, these devices offer excellent measuring performances and meet the requirements of international standard IEC 62022, one of the most demanding in the field.
Designed by Bertin teams in France, Italy and Germany, the new SaphyGATE G50 and G100 portal monitors incorporate high-performance detectors. Vehicles to be checked pass between the detectors, installed in pillars. The readings obtained by the detectors are analyzed in real time by the processing system on the control station. To obtain the most accurate possible readings, Bertin Technologies developed a compensation algorithm allowing for background noise due to telluric radiation, enabling the detection threshold to be adjusted as vehicles pass through.
“Everything is done automatically, generally when the vehicles are being weighed, so as to maintain a smooth flow in and out of the site,” says Julien Ranouil, Product Manager at Bertin Technologies.
The ergonomics of the SaphyGATE G control station was engineered in collaboration with Bertin ergonomics experts. The system can be easily operated and supervised by site personnel after a short training period. Suitable for all types of climatic conditions, the SaphyGATE G50 and G100 can be used for the purposes of metallurgical, recycling and border control installations, and hospital and nuclear infrastructure.
“We have been developing the SaphyGATE G for several years and our portal monitors are among the top-ranking solutions on the market,” points out Bruno Vallayer, Sales and Marketing manager at Bertin Systèmes & Instrumentation. “On top of their radiation measuring performances, SaphyGATE G portal monitors comply with the requirements of one of the toughest international standards, IEC 62022. This places the SaphyGATE G at the industry’s cutting edge. Our international ambitions for this solution have already been confirmed by our first customer orders.”
When Smiths Detection had a need to quickly demonstrate to an important customer the ability of their LCD series detector family to function in the Arabic language, the challenge of the understandably complex engineering cycles involved in the development of operational equipment arose.
Seeking a cost effective means to illustrate to the customer exactly how their language would be supported, Smiths turned to Argon, who were able to implement the Arabic language support within the LCD3.3 chemical hazard training simulator in just a few weeks.
Working with the marketing and engineering departments within Smiths Detection, all parties cooperated to ensure the presentation, interpretation and meaning of the entire menu structure was correct. The manner in which the task was carried out will also enable Smiths to implement the Arabic language within the operational detector in a more efficient manner.
“This was a very interesting project which the Argon engineering team particularly enjoyed” explained Steven Pike of Argon, who added “there is significant scope for simulators to be used for the ergonomic and human factors evaluation of detector use because customers are able to exercise all aspects of the product enabling both the detector manufacturer and the users to fully experience how the equipment may be operated and refine the human interface to optimise the end product”.
“SPECIM IQ is a truly smart design which enables users to concentrate on problem solving rather than complex data acquisition and processing. The graphical user interface is simple to use, and it provides instant measurement results and insights into the problem without requiring complex mathematics or signal processing skills. This makes SPECIM IQ an ideal OEM product for medical, cosmetics, and other industries”, states Esko Herrala, one of the founders and innovators behind Specim.
“We are very excited to present a next-gen device that can help solve many of the world’s pressing problems in the future”, Esko Herrala continues.
Specim have also designed software to accompany the camera called Specim IQ Studio Software. Specim IQ Studio gives you the possibility to control the Specim IQ camera and handle the Specim IQ data. You can process the hyperspectral data, and create applications for the Specim IQ.
More information on the Specim IQ can be found here http://www.specim.fi/iq/
The IDIQ contract requires research, design, development, and procurement to include CBRNE Defense capability integration and full life-cycle support.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command and Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), recently announced multiple awards for the $8.27B Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) IDIQ contract vehicle. Federal Resources, a leading supplier of defense and mission-critical solutions to the U.S. government, is among the 171 qualified contractors to share the high-profile, enterprise-wide, hybrid contract.
Under the terms of the program, Federal Resources will support the research and development of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies, and material, in addition to the production/procurement of the future developed capabilities to meet the portfolio’s RDAP requirements. Among other competencies of Federal Resources’, this includes Individual Protective Equipment; Medical Devices; Explosive Detection and Identification; and Forensics.
“As a total life-cycle sustainment provider, it’s a privilege for Federal Resources to partake in and contribute to this significant contract and we’re thrilled to have been named an awardee,” says Robert McWilliams, CEO of Federal Resources. “We look forward to providing solutions, systems, and equipment that will support our nation’s military services and government agencies, and provide a critical force protection against weapons of mass destruction worldwide – a pursuit which further enforces and strengthens our mission to keep first-responders and warfighters safe on the front line.”
The JPEO-CBD and its assigned Joint Project Managers lead, manage, and direct the program throughout its full life-cycle. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order with a target completion date of October 3, 2027.
To learn more about JE-RDAP and Federal Resources, visit ExperienceFR on December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Register at ExperienceFR.com.
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) announced orders totaling $7.1 million for HCVM e35 NA and ScanVan technologies under existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Smiths Detection’s ScanVan is a small, easily maneuvered vehicle, fitted with HI-SCAN 100100T technology, a state-of-the-art X-ray system capable of scanning objects such as cargo, strollers, boxes or electronics. It is specially designed for the needs of customs facilities, airports, transport operators, and couriers - or wherever temporary high-security checkpoints are required.
The HCVM e35 NA is a fully integrated mobile solution used to inspect whole trucks, containers and vehicles. Utilizing state-of-the-art software platforms to provide detailed X-ray image views, customizable image options, and comparison tools to enhance screening outcome, it screens for contraband and threats such as explosives, narcotics, and weapons. The solutions also help operators to reduce screening times and increase data collection capability.
Stephen Esposito, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, said, “Smiths Detection’s advanced technology, reputation for custom solutions, responsiveness, and reliable service have helped us to become long-term providers for agencies around the world. Our experience allows us to continue to work closely with CBP to provide world-leading solutions that help to protect our borders and secure locations across the country.”
For more information, please visit www.smithsdetection.com
Newest library update adds 14 new forms of fentanyl to handheld narcotics analyzer, designed to rapidly identify emerging synthetic opioids and other potent drugs in the field
Law enforcement agents, narcotics officers and customs personnel can now quickly and safely identify the synthetic opioid carfentanil and dozens of additional emerging drugs with the newest library update for the Thermo Scientific TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer. Carfentanil, which is most often used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals, is a fentanyl analog that is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
As part of the software update, the TruNarc analyzer adds 45 new substances, including 14 new forms of fentanyl, to its onboard library. In addition to carfentanil, the TruNarc analyzer library now includes acrylfentanyl, the pharmaceutical variants alfentanil and sufentanil, and the fentanyl precursors ANPP and NPP, of which 50 kilograms were seized in Massachusetts in May 2017. That volume of NPP could be used to produce 19 million fentanyl pills. TruNarc, designed to allow users to quickly and accurately identify core drugs of abuse, painkillers and many emerging drug threats, added fentanyl, dibutylone, W-18 and U-47700 to its library as part of earlier updates.
Carfentanil, a transdermal synthetic opioid, is one of the most potent opioids in the world and was the subject of a Drug Enforcement Administration warning in 2016. New Hampshire and Minnesota have experienced double-digit fatal overdoses of carfentanil in 2017. Carfentanil has been found mixed with heroin and fentanyl, and some forms of carfentanil can be accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin, placing first responders at serious risk.
“The fentanyl epidemic has been described as ‘stunning’ by drug enforcement authorities, and carfentanil is emerging as an even more dangerous public safety concern,” said Julie Planchet, vice president/general manager, field and safety instruments for Thermo Fisher. “The TruNarc analyzer’s latest library update is designed to equip field agents with updated capabilities to stay ahead of emerging narcotics threats and protect the lives of officers and the public.”
The TruNarc analyzer, which debuted in 2012, is designed to reduce the need for law enforcement personnel to be exposed to unknown substances in many cases, designed, therefore, to make it safer and easier to test in the field. Using Raman spectroscopy, a well-established analytical technique, TruNarc is also designed to allow officers to scan a single sample for multiple narcotics in one non-destructive and non-contact test, and receive the results within seconds. An increasing number of law enforcement departments are deploying TruNarc to help limit the need to carry multiple chemical tests and reduce drug testing backlogs.
For more information on the Thermo Scientific TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer, please visit www.thermofisher.com/trunarc.
First Line Technology received new data from MRI Global, one of the nation’s leading research institutes, proving that Dahlgren Decontamination solution neutralizes over 99.9% of bulk fentanyl hydrochloride within five minutes.
Fentanyl hydrochloride, otherwise known as fentanyl HCL, is one of the most difficult types of fentanyl to decontaminate.
Other current decontaminants can only remove this type of fentanyl, not molecularly destroy. This doesn’t help protect First Responders. Dahlgren Decontaminant’s 99.9% efficacy is defined as true chemical destruction via molecular disassembly of the target threat. Dahlgren Decon is effective against all threats including fentanyl, fentanyl citrate and fentanyl hydrochloride.
“First Line Technology realizes the importance of considering what specific type of fentanyl is being addressed,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “We aren’t just stopping with product research and development with today’s threats – we are looking at tomorrow’s threats for First Responders and our citizens to produce next generation solutions.”
First Line Technology works with scientific experts to conduct reproducible testing that undergoes quality controls and management reviews to produce reports with unbiased data. This produces test reports that can be used in peer reviewed publications that benefit the military and First responder communities.
“We highly encourage our customers to ask questions, get hands-on with our products and seek out unbiased evaluative data before making a purchase,” said Kapoor. “Understanding each threat presents a different decontamination requirement is essential to the health and safety of First Responders and, ultimately, eliminating this ongoing epidemic.”
For more information on First Line Technology, or a copy of the test results, please email DeconTect@firstlinetech.com or call 703-955-7510.
American Security Today has announced the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award’ winners for outstanding product development achievements and exciting new technologies that address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing. Two FLIR Detection & Security products were recognized with Platinum and Gold awards for distinguished excellence and supporting the safety efforts of law enforcement, first responders, IT and port security.
The Platinum Award for Best CBRNE Detection System goes to FLIR’s new FLIR Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), a groundbreaking chemical analysis tool to aid responders in the field. Announced in June 2017, the FLIR Griffin G510 is a versatile, hand-portable chemical identifier that enables responders to analyze all phases of matter (liquid, solid, vapor), and identify vapor-phase chemical threats within seconds.
FLIR PRIMED (Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision), an online CBRNE training video series, launched earlier this year, achieved the Gold Award for Best Homeland Security Education Program. The new educational resource is a free, online tool that provides First Responders with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and/or Explosives (CBRNE) attacks.
FLIR’s best-in-class detection products progressively enable coordinated emergency response between law enforcement, firefighters and HAZMAT teams across the country in an effort to keep our nation safe. To learn more about the suite of FLIR Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives products, visit flir.com/detection.
France and Germany edged toward achieving a 70-year-old ambition to integrate European defenses on Monday, signing a pact with 21 other EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. European Union foreign and defence ministers attended a signature ceremony of a defence pact, aiming to mark a new era of European military integration to cement unity after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc, in Brussels, Belgium, November 13, 2017. First proposed in the 1950s and long resisted by Britain, European defense planning, operations and weapons development now stands its best chance in years as London steps aside and the United States pushes Europe to pay more for its security.
Foreign and defense ministers gathered at a signing ceremony in Brussels to represent 23 EU governments joining the pact, paving the way for EU leaders to sign it in December. Those governments will for the first time legally bind themselves into joint projects as well as pledging to increase defense spending and contribute to rapid deployments. “Today we are taking a historic step,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters. “We are agreeing on the future cooperation on security and defense issues ... it’s really a milestone in European development,” he said.
The pact includes all EU governments except Britain, which is leaving the bloc, Denmark, which has opted out of defense matters, Ireland, Portugal and Malta. Traditionally neutral Austria was a late addition to the pact. Paris originally wanted a vanguard of EU countries to bring money and assets to French-led military missions and projects, while Berlin has sought to be more inclusive, which could reduce effectiveness. Its backers say that if successful, the formal club of 23 members will give the European Union a more coherent role in tackling international crises and end the kind of shortcomings seen in Libya in 2011, when European allies relied on the United States for air power and munitions. Unlike past attempts, the U.S.-led NATO alliance backs the project, aiming to benefit from stronger militaries.
The club will be backed by a 5-billion-euro defense fund for buying weapons, a special fund to finance operations and money from the EU’s common budget for defense research. European Union foreign and defence ministers attend a signature ceremony of a defence pact, aiming to mark a new era of European military integration to cement unity after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. Members will also be required to submit national plans and be subject to a review system identifying weak spots in European armies with the goal of plugging those gaps together. Many governments say Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 was a turning point, after years of defense spending cuts that left Europe without vital capabilities. “This is a commitment for countries to do better together,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. “It comes at a time of significant tension,” he said, referring indirectly to Russia’s rising military reach and Islamic militants who have attacked European cities.
[In terms of CBRN this is likely to act as a further accelerant to the Framework Nations Concept for CBRN, that was agreed at the Cardiff summit (See CBRNe World Issue 1 2017). With the US and Germany getting closer [despite having cancelled the latest Dragon Fire], and the European nations actually integrating the UK is sitting on an unexceptional Commonwealth spur of the CBRN tree. Probably little of the 5bn fund will trickle into CBRN, but it will be the integration and interoperability it brings that will be the force multiplier. UK attempts to stymie a closer European force have clearly come to naught in a post-Brexit world. Gwyn Winfield]
FLIR has announced it has received a significant delivery order for FLIR identiFINDER® R300 spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs). The delivery order is under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the Human Portable Tripwire (HPT) program. The order is valued at $17.174 million, with deliveries extending through the second quarter of 2019.
The identiFINDER R300 is a belt-worn spectroscopic pager that virtually eliminates false alarms and false positives by providing continuous radiation detection capability and full threat identification. Under the contract, all DHS components will be able to procure HPT systems and associated services, including warranty, extended warranty, maintenance support, training, and documentation, as needed.
For more information on FLIR’s identiFINDER R300 SPRD, visit www.flir.com/r300
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) is pioneering a series of educational workshops to inform first responders on how to use technology to protect themselves against fentanyl exposure. The series of workshops will explore scenarios where responders can utilize field-based detection and identification systems to mitigate the threat of exposure to the potentially lethal opioid.
“Sharing our expertise with first responders about how technology can be used to help reduce the risk of fentanyl exposure is critical in the face of this growing epidemic” said Stephen Esposito, VP of Business Development and Sales at SDI. “Smiths Detection remains committed to using leading-edge technology to help ensure the safety and security of emergency responders and the communities that they protect.”
SDI offers a range of products capable of detecting and/or identifying fentanyl, and several of its analogues. These include:
HazMatID Elite, an infrared handheld chemical identifier which performs chemical analysis on solids and liquids;
ACE-ID, which utilizes laser Raman spectroscopy to test unknown substances without contact, including through clear plastic and glass containers; and
IONSCAN 600, a portable system that detects and identifies trace amounts of suspected narcotics in seconds.
SDI also provides ReachBackID, a 24/7/365 hotline, which gives first responders access to Ph.D. scientists to support the field-based analysis of a range of chemicals including fentanyl and several of its analogues.
SDI has recently held mission-based workshops in Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, Suffolk County, NY, and Gainesville, FL with more workshops planned in communities across the country.
Bruker Corporation announced the merger of its subsidiaries in Sweden as of November 1st. Bruker AXS Nordic AB, Bruker BioSpin Scandinavia AB, and Bruker Optics AB have merged with Bruker Daltonics Scandinavia AB, and the surviving company has been renamed to Bruker Nordic AB.
In addition to the consolidation of legal entities, Bruker has streamlined its order management processes. The rationalization of steps and improved internal communication interfaces throughout the process chain will benefit our customers as well.
This restructuring is primarily to strengthen and streamline the Bruker internal structure in Scandinavia without impacting any business or contractual obligations. There will be no impact on performance of any contractual agreements nor will there be a change to Bruker contacts in Scandinavia. Bruker Nordic AB continues to support and provide all their services as has been done in the past with the benefit of one consistent way of serving our customers.
First Line Technology and Federal Resources announced a strategic partnership to provide a greater selection of best-in-class decontamination and personal cooling technologies to government and commercial customers.
Federal Resources will help First Line Technology distribute Dahlgren Decon, a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents. Dahlgren Decon has also been proven to decontaminate fentanyl, a powerful and toxic synthetic opioid, which has contributed the recently-declared national health emergency.
“Working with Federal Resources will allow First Line Technology to continue solving the most complex challenges facing the industry, and continue executing on our Lab to Lifesaving mission,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology.
Known for their mission to support military and first responders, Federal Resources is a leading provider of quality solutions that have paved the way in the service and contract manufacturing industry.
“Federal Resources is committed to taking the best and most innovative technologies from the lab to the marketplace to protect our military and first responders who serve on the frontlines. Every day, law enforcement and first responders are exposed to fentanyl. Chemical warfare agents in North Korea and Syria pose grave and real threats to our military. First Line Technology decontaminant solution makes us more prepared to deal with these threats—both domestically and abroad. We look forward to better supporting our customers through this key partnership,” said Robert McWilliams, Federal Resources CEO.
Federal Resources will have the First Line Technology products on display at CBRNe Convergence in Indianapolis, IN from November 6-8 2017 at booth 411. For more information on Federal Resources please contact email@example.com or call 410-643-7810.
Passport Systems, Inc. announced that they will be demonstrating version 2.0 of their SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System software at the CBRNE Convergence Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Recently, Passport Systems worked with WildCat, a premier CBRNe training company based in the UK, to train a prestigious international guard force using the SmartShield system. Using the new Source Simulation application, users were able to electronically inject a simulated radioactive source to provide a full fidelity simulation of an actual event. For the first time, customers were able train to find either a stationary or a moving source without deploying a physical source.
“The training sessions refined and validated a change in ConOps using networked radiation detectors,” said Tom Hughes, Director of Product Management for SmartShield Technology. “Additionally, the SmartShield Source Simulation application enables hazmat units to train without the logistics of radiation sources, in public areas should they choose, using the equipment that they would use in day-to-day operations. This type of training allows agencies to reevaluate and modify ConOps to meet the growing radiological threat.”
The SmartShield system is comprised of small gamma-radiation detectors that collect radiation data and transmit the information wirelessly through smartphones, forming a network that allows security forces to simultaneously respond to any threats. While on patrol, security and law enforcement officers collect background radiation data. When gamma radiation is detected, an alert and GPS coordinates are sent throughout the network, to a central command station, and to responding law enforcement personnel.
The capabilities of the revolutionary SmartShield system have been expanded:
• SmartShield Source Simulation, our all-new simulation tool.
• Extended battery life.
• Includes Analysis Mode, to compare previous radiation maps, and highlight changes in detected isotopes across the survey area.
• Includes Replay Mode, to playback a previous survey, allowing for closer review of previous events.
• Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S6, and S7 phones.
These new capabilities are part of the continuing evolution of the SmartShield System, demonstrating that radiation detection technology does not have to be static and stagnant. Making the software application stronger, less dependent on particular smartphone models is a move that will enable SmartShield technology to be platform independent in the future.
“We are proud to see our new Source Simulation tool being used to refine and expand training opportunities for the radiation detection industry,” said Dr. Robert Ledoux, President, CEO, and Director of Passport Systems, Inc. “Developing real-world, immersive training scenarios while maintaining public safety is an important leap forward in our ability to protect people and events.”
In the United States, the SmartShield technology has been used to beef up security at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Houston, at the Boston Marathon, and other crowd gathering events, such as NASCAR races in New Hampshire. Internationally, it is being marketed for use at celebrations, soccer matches, concerts, as well as airports, and ports.
For more information on our SmartShield v2.0 software release, read more at http://bit.ly/2bIssjY
TSA Awards Analogic $4 Million Base Contract for Further Development of CT Checkpoint Screening Tech03 November 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
Analogic engineered the ConneCT from the ground up for carry-on baggage screening, with differentiated features including:
- Superior 3D image quality, critical to security and checkpoint efficiency, that helps screeners find threats faster, avoids false alarms and makes automated threat detection easier.
- Reliability that leverages multiple innovations that have a significant impact on operating costs. It features a unique no-bearing gantry and non-contact power system that reduces moving parts, increases reliability, and eliminates brush dust and consumable brushes.
- An airport-friendly design that belongs in today’s world-class airports. ConneCT’s footprint is comparable to current multi-view X-ray systems, making upgrades easy for airports while its gull-wing covers and modular components allow for easy access during servicing. In addition, ConneCT is designed to work seamlessly with all major Automated Screening Lane (ASL) and remote checkpoint screening solution providers.
- Next-Generation Operator Interface that minimizes training and incorporates touch screen capabilities found on smartphones and tablets, and an additional surface rendering for easier shape recognition and faster alarm resolution.
- An interoperable network architecture designed for the 21st century networking environment that features a new software architecture and modern software applications to enable security, interoperability, and use of third party software applications.
From Analogic’s perspective, together, these differentiators provide a lower total cost of ownership and offer a superior return on investment for airports everywhere.
FLIR has announced the FLIR identiFINDER® R440 handheld radioisotope detector and identifier. The FLIR identiFINDER R440 provides homeland security personnel with critical infrastructure protection and military and first responder special teams quick situational assessment during radiological emergencies.
Weighing less than 1.5 kilograms, the FLIR identiFINDER R440 is the industry’s smallest and lightest radioisotope identification device (RIID) with a 2-inch by 2-inch sodium iodide (NaI) detector. With 3.5 times more sensitivity than similarly-sized RIIDs, responders can detect radiation from further distances and behind heavier shielding. Delivering 10 percent better resolution than other products in the category, the FLIR identiFINDER R440 provides greater accuracy with fewer false alarms. Due to its’ extended energy range, the identiFINDER R440 detects gamma radiation and can indicate the presence of neutrons found in particular nuclear materials.
The FLIR identiFINDER R440 has built-in wireless communications and features a new, 360-degree EasyFinder™ mode that pinpoints and instructs the operator to the exact location of a radiation source. The FLIR identiFINDER R440 meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N42.34 standard, has been drop-tested up to one meter and is the industry’s only IP67-rated RIID, which means it can withstand rain, splashing and accidental submersion.
FLIR will unveil the FLIR identiFINDER R440 at the Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Convergence tradeshow November 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana, booth #213. To learn more about the new FLIR identiFINDER R440, please visit: FLIR.com/r440.
The SmartRayVision DR X-Ray system is now the only DR X-Ray system to be approved for EOD use by NSWC IHEODTD, Indian Head, Maryland.
The Army awarded its Field Portable Radiographic System purchase to Federal Resources for 140 SmartRayVision Extreme Systems made by SharpLogixx, LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A portable X-Ray system used to view and verify the contents of suspicious items that may be improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was recently selected for use by the U.S. Army and approved for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) use (AEODU) by Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC), Indian Head EOD Technology Division (IHEODTD), Indian Head, Maryland.
In June 2016, Army Contracting Command, New Jersey (ACC-NJ) began conducting market research, on behalf of the Office of Program Management, Close Combat Systems (OPM-CCS). The objective was to seek information from industry regarding currently available devices and technologies that could be procured to address an immediate need for a Field Portable Radiographic System to support diagnostics/disposal of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s).
In the fall of 2016, the Army performed an evaluation of several companies’ portable X-Ray systems including the SmartRayVision Systems. The Army purchased multiple systems from each company to conduct a full and comprehensive evaluation. The result of that evaluation was the selection of the SmartRayVision System, in March 2017.
SharpLogixx, the manufacturer of the SmartRayVision portable X-Ray systems, and Federal Resources delivered all 140 systems to the U.S. Army in May of 2017 for fielding to Army EOD units around the world. After additional testing and review, in September 2017, the SmartRayVision DR X-Ray system is now the only DR X-Ray system to be approved for EOD use by NSWC IHEODTD, Indian Head, Maryland.
3M announced on October 4th that it has completed its acquisition of Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion. Scott Safety is a premier manufacturer of innovative products, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio.
3M’s Personal Safety Division provides respiratory, hearing, and fall protection solutions that help improve the safety and health of workers. The business also supplies products and solutions in other safety categories such as head, eye, and face protection, reflective materials for high-visibility apparel and protective clothing.
Scott Safety’s products help protect firefighters, industrial workers, police, military, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world from environmental hazards. The business had revenues of approximately $575 million for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2017.
The addition of Scott Safety’s well-regarded safety products, combined with 3M’s products, brands and global capabilities in personal protective equipment will provide a broader array of safety products and solutions, enhancing 3M’s relevance to customers worldwide.
3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.08 dilutive to earnings in the fourth quarter.
Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) Technology and developer of Wave Relay®, announced on September 13 that it was awarded an $8.9 million contract award to provide more than 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs).
The contract is in support of the U.S. Army’s Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The UCS program aims to provide communications interoperability between military emergency response elements and Federal, State, and Local authorities on the scene of an incident.
The Unified Command Suite is a self-contained communications vehicle that can either be driven to or be air-lifted via a C130 to an incident location. The MPU5 radios enable a high-speed communication network to be established on-the-fly, which empowers CST personnel to operate across the incident area while remaining connected both to the vehicle and to each other.
“Whether at a campaign rally or along a marathon route, National Guard Civil Support Teams run WMD detection operations to keep Americans safe,” said Louis Sutherland, VP of Business Development for Persistent. “That’s why it is so important that they have a robust wireless network.”
The MANET element of Persistent’s solution creates a vast, self-forming, self-healing radio network that does not require outside infrastructure to work. Should a node drop out of the network, sensor data collected by a Civil Support Team member will simply be routed another way. Using the MPU5 also means cutting down on the number of relay radios needed to push signals over and around obstacles.
The MPU5 provides push-to-talk audio, video encoding, and an integrated Android™ computing environment that allows the installation of 3rd party applications. It is a 6W 3×3 MIMO radio which provides extremely long range and throughput exceeding 100 Mbps. These capabilities enable National Guard Civil Support Teams to network their sensors and transmit data collected in the field to the UCS vehicle and then on to a national lab for analysis.
“MIMO radios thrive in urban environments, where standard radios have trouble,” Sutherland said. “This enables the CST personnel to extend their network further from the truck and operate effectively in urban, high-population-density environments that are the most likely targets of an attack.”
Persistent has customers in the Army, Air Force, and Department of Homeland Security.
“Some of our most passionate advocates come from the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives detection community,” Sutherland said. “In fact, our MPU5 radio is already embedded in QinetiQ’s Talon unmanned ground robot which is also used by Civil Support Teams.”
Persistent has already begun delivery of its radios and expects to make another delivery of 500 radios to the Unified Command Suite program this month. The radio integration is being performed by NAVAIR in Patuxent River, Maryland.
About Persistent Systems, LLC
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. The company’s R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting-edge Wave Relay® system and technology. Wave Relay® can transmit and receive data, video, voice and other application data under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Persistent’s suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.
ue to the wide range of plug and play QuickSnapTM sampling modules the ALPHA II can be adopted suitable to almost any measurement scenario. For more advanced applications the extended capabilities of the OPUS software is available, than can be applied to the complete FTIR, FT-NIR, and Raman product portfolio of Bruker.
Performance readiness is automatically guaranteed through permanent checks of the involved components and periodically performed test measurements verifying the specification of the ALPHA II system. For regulated pharmaceutical laboratories the ALPHA II is prepared with fully-automated test routines for validation regarding operational qualification (OQ) and performance validation (PQ). Its software is compliant with 21CFRp11, and validation according to the US, European and Japanese Pharmacopeia using integrated NIST traceable standards (optionally available). Due to the compact footprint of a lab book, it is further a perfect fit for class rooms and teaching laboratories.
The United States Marine Corp (USMC) have awarded a contract for the delivery of PlumeSIM, Argon’s instrumented CBRN training system. Due for delivery early 2018, the system will include a number of training simulators and will significantly enhance CBRN exercises and student learning for the Marine Corp.
PlumeSIM enables users to implement both Table top and Live Field Exercises based upon both GIS mapping and “home-made maps” with ease, and incorporates a powerful after action review (AAR) capability that enables both command decisions and survey team activity to be practiced, verified and refined.
A wide variety of associated training simulators are supported which accurately represent the form fit and function of the actual detectors they represent. The simulators can be used independently for localised indoor and outdoor scenarios without the need to utilise and form of hazardous material that may impact upon health and safety or the environment, an approach enabling exercises to take place within any desired location.
Steven Pike, Argon’s Managing Director commented “This significant contract for such a prestigious organisation represents yet another important award for Argon and underpins the excellent reputation our products and the company has within the close knit CBRN / HazMat community. Argon continues to develop PlumeSIM and our portfolio of detector simulators which are an established premier solution for Live and virtual CBRN training adopted by many countries throughout the world.”
“Emergent is committed to meeting the State Department’s need for nerve agent countermeasures that enhance the security of U.S. and allied diplomats deployed in high-risk environments worldwide,” said Sean Kirk, senior vice president, manufacturing operations and interim head, devices business unit at Emergent BioSolutions. “By leveraging our proprietary Emergard auto-injector platform and our core competencies in contracting, manufacturing, and partnering, we are confident in our ability to provide critical preparedness solutions that could address governments’ currently identified threats and emerging requirements.”
“Our priority is to provide for the safety and security of U.S. government personnel and their families deployed around the world as they carry out their mission,” said William A. Walters, M.D., managing director of operational medicine for the U.S. Department of State. “Partnering with companies such as Emergent, who can provide reliable solutions to our requirements is important in our efforts to protect against known and emerging health threats.”
The primary scope of the contract, which consists of a 12-month base period of performance with a 6-month option period, is to manufacture and deliver the Trobigard product and training auto-injectors, as well as to support the government’s emerging requirements for other existing or custom-made auto-injectors.
This mobile laboratory will be able to safely prepare, analyze and transport anthrax-contaminated soil samples and perform fast, effective detection of anthrax using polymerase chain reaction technology.
Other project features include the provision of consumables needed for biological agent detection in soil samples including protective clothing and lab accessories and also work procedure guidelines for remediating contaminated soil.
IBATECH CEO, Joaquin Baumela, said of the project “(it) is relevant at a European level in the field of CBRN as it offers an integrated solution for sampling, detecting, identifying and decontaminating anthrax-infected land. Thanks to the trust placed by NSPA in us and our experience in the military biological field, we have been able to develop a fully equipped BSL-3 lab together with enough reagents and consumables to perform 1,500 anthrax detection and identification field tests so we can draw up a map of contaminated land.”
“The mission of VMFA-251 is to destroy surface targets and enemy aircraft, day or night, under all weather conditions, during expeditionary, joint and combined operations,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Melling, the pilot training officer with VMFA-251. “Training to flying in a ‘dirty’ environment truly allows for operations in any environment.”
Although gear is added to a pilot’s standard loadout, the training proves efficient with minimal effects to their capabilities.
“Due to the additional accoutrement with the gear, aircrew personnel have to adjust to where certain survival equipment sits and will be accessible,” said Melling. “The flight equipment Marines are the true heavy lifters in preparing the gear and assisting aircrew with donning the equipment. In truth, there is virtually no adjustment to normal operating procedures. The protective gloves offer the same level of tactile feedback. The onboard oxygen system interface with the equipment is identical, and even the ability to use night vison goggles is the same.”
The unorthodox, but necessary, style of training enhances readiness, while ensuring the safety of Marines and establishing comfort in an unfamiliar environment.
Focused on their mission and supporting their allies, VMFA-251 will continue to build efficiency while operating in JPACE and maintain proficiency in all other aspects of warfare.
“In these times of uncertainty, there are few absolutes,” said Melling. “One of them is that the Marines and sailors of VMFA-251 stand ready to protect and defend our current home, MCAS Iwakuni, from any threat at any time.
The NLM, best known in CBRN for its Wiser programme, also has a range of other tools available, including their Toxtutor a three hour, certificated education package covering key areas of toxicology. Toxtutor has been around for about 20 years, and it’s new material is going to add value for those that have not played with it before. Give it a go!
*Just to be clear, the image is not from the NLM! It is based on the Simpson’s character Troy McClure and one of his ‘educational films.’ More of them can be found here
The experience of a 1989 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a 1990 Bilateral Destruction Agreement (BDA) concluded between the Soviet Union and the United States partly informs the procedures by which possessor states declare their chemical weapons to the OPCW and how the OPCW verifies their destruction. Russia and the United States also consulted each other on the development of common understandings on the selection and optimization of chemical weapon destruction technologies, including within the framework of the 1992 Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program and the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Other states (such as Germany) and civil society (such as Green Cross Russia, and Global Green USA) played important roles in such efforts, including by supporting risk assessment and public outreach at Russia’s seven chemical weapons storage facilities.
As a rule, the completion of destruction operations is marked by a closing ceremony with the OPCW Director-General (or other designated representative) in attendance. However, such a ceremony was deemed infeasible in this case (for unclear reasons) and Ambassador Üzümcü issued his statement at OPCW headquarters in The Hague.
The United States, the other major possessor of a chemical weapon stockpile (which originally totaled approximately 30000 agent tonnes), has completed the destruction of approximately 90 per cent of its stockpile and is scheduled to finish its operations by 2023. Old chemical weapons (in the low hundreds of tonnes) will continue to be recovered and destroyed under OPCW verification for some years. Most such recoveries originate from former World War I battlefields in Europe or are chemical weapons left in China by Japan at the end of World War II.
The treaty regime is entering a ‘post-chemical weapons destruction’ phase. At least two visions may be realised: one of an OPCW focused on chemical weapon threats with most resources allocated accordingly, the other for the OPCW to serve as a model of international outreach and capacity-building for the peaceful uses of chemistry. This transition will occur under the guidance of a new Director-General starting next year.
The CWC treaty regime remains a platform for the Member States to cooperate on technical matters. It is imperative for the OPCW to retain its capacity to help ensure the non-re-emergence of chemical warfare over the indefinite future.
The need for federal agencies to implement and deploy layered nuclear and radiological detection systems at points of entry such as the border or ports, as well as for local, state and tribal agencies is critical.
Through the establishment of Team Arktis, the company has entered into clear and binding relationships with three key partners:
● Plexus Corp. (Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin) – Plexus is an industry leader that specializes in partnering with companies in demanding regulatory environments – such as the defense, security and aerospace market – to bring complex products to life through design and development, manufacturing, supply chain and aftermarket services.
● Veteran Corps of America (Headquartered in Abington, Md.) – Veteran Corps has a proven track-record of providing installation, service engineering and training capabilities to the Department of Defense and other Federal Government customers, with teams primarily comprised of military veterans with proven subject matter expertise.
● SecuriGence, LLC (Headquartered in Leesburg, Va.) – SecuriGence has a track record of providing class-leading cybersecurity hardening, software development, and engineering to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards as well as several Defense agencies.
Rico Chandra, CEO & co-founder of Arktis, signed agreements formalizing the partnership, in the presence of governmental and private-sector stakeholders during the Team Arktis Launch Event in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12.
“As Arktis celebrates its 10-year anniversary, we look forward to growing our presence in the U.S. market with a trusted group of key partners,” Dr. Chandra said. “Working together, Team Arktis will empower agencies across the federal landscape by helping address and overcome one of today’s most pressing global security challenges, the detection and identification of radiological and nuclear threats.”
The formation of Team Arktis will enable state-of-the-art radiological protection to be provided to the Federal Government from a unified US supply chain and compliant to US standards, including the most rigorous cyber-security requirements. With dynamic areas of expertise in software development, engineering, serial production and training, Team Arktis will work as a unified entity to meet the technical, logistical, and commercial requirements of both federal and local customers.
Survitec’s new Bio Skin suit is engineered to be worn underneath any outer garment. They state it is a lightweight, discrete and breathable stretch fabric with a unique design that offers exceptional mobility, comfort and a new level of CBRN protection. Unlike traditional carbon, they claim there is no drop-off in performance due to wear or laundering and keeps its full integrity even when exposed to sea water, petroleum, oils or lubricants. It also offers full protection against toxic industrial chemicals, non-traditional agents and blood-borne pathogens such as Ebola and HIV.
The Bio Shell utilises the Gore CPCSU-2 Flex Fit technology along with the same protective properties applied to the Bio Skin and is under half the weight of traditional carbon-based suits. It features a lightweight customisable outer layer that leverages integrated stretch fabric that delivers improved mobility, reduced heat stress, and increased system level protection. At the heart of this technology is the Gore Chempak selectively permeable membrane (SPM). Used in both the Bio Skin and Bio Shell, the SPM is engineered to offer durable and broad protection in CBRN situations combined with a reduction in thermal burden. This barrier technology allows high levels of moisture vapour (perspiration) permeability, while significantly restricting the ingress of a broad range of hazardous substances.
Also on display at the Survitec stand at DSEI is the new Sonics Milpod, a specialist man portable stretcher used for extraction and treatment of a casualty in a CBRN environment. With more than 20 design improvements over the current legacy products on offer from other suppliers, including maritime capable flotation and significantly reduced bulk, the Milpod represents a huge step forward in CBRN mobile containment and recovery.
A long time ago, in an economy far, far away… [Really can’t do this without the scrolling… Ed.] Many British and Commonwealth (among other) soldiers and law enforcement officials grew up with the Remploy Frontline garments, the CR1, Quickdon, MarkIV or Mark IVa. Remploy was a government charity that had, originally, been designed for servicemen wounded in WW1 to get gainful employment. In time it grew to include individuals with a variety of disabilities that were given employment, and hope, by Remploy, which had a range of products in addition to the assembly of their protective suits. Remploy Frontline was one of the few profitable areas of this business, yet despite this it faced the axe in the light of new policy from the government on the employment of disabled people. To a certain amount of disappointment (and a certain amount of rejoicing from their competitors) Remploy Frontline was shut down, and their customers needed to look elsewhere for their PPE, many of whom went to Belgian company, Seyntex, for example.
Now, however, that celebration might be short-lived as Remploy Frontline products make their way back to UK shores through the work of Haven Protective Technology Solutions and their new Australian partner OPEC CBRNe. Their new products are going to be on show next week at the UK’s DSEi show on stand S10-210. “OPEC CBRNe is immensely proud to be able to partner with Haven to continue to provide a range of products for the next generation of military and first responders,” said OPEC CBRNe Business Development Manager, Chris Jackson. “We know there is great appreciation in the market for the return of this renowned range, and we are delighted that the good work of this social enterprise in providing meaningful employment for disabled people can continue under the OPEC CBRNe brand,” he said.
The ‘Kestrel’ and ‘Phoenix’ ensembles will be the new flagships of the OPEC CBRNe brand and claim to be the progeny of ‘decades of robust research and development, complemented by integration of the markets latest cutting edge technologies and an appreciation of today’s complex military environment.’ The Kestrel claims to be 30% lighter than current (unnamed) systems and as such able to deal with a high heat environment, it also claims to offer “long term comfort, breathability and ease of movement in a high threat environment.”
Kestrel was chosen by the Australian government as their preferred CBRN ensemble in December last year, and will be joined at the show by the one piece Kestrel PPE. In addition to this there is the semi permeable membrane system, the ‘Roc’ [Dwayne ‘Moana’ Johnson? Ed], which claims to be ‘high protection, quick donning CBRN uniform suitable for first responder wear, such as police, ambulance and fire services.’
OPEC Systems, has been operating in the CBRN space since 1998 as a major supplier of CBRN equipment and a respected contractor for clean-up of contaminated chemical weapons sites.
Haven states on its website (www.havenproducts.co.uk/our-services/textile-manufacturing) that it provides opportunities to disabled people and we are currently awaiting further information from the press office on exactly what this means in regard to the PPE.
Equivital’s Black Ghost system provides valuable information to commanders and medics on a soldier’s temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, position and activity. The Black Ghost application also now includes a novel Heat Strain Index (HSI). HSI is the ultimate tool in estimating current heat strain and predicting an impending heat related injury. Alerts and thresholds can be tailored to each user and the data allows commanders to intervene in a timely manner when a threshold is breached.
Not only does the Equivital system provide a current estimation of heat strain, it also has the functionality to predict 15 minutes in the future the heat risk related to an individual if they were to continue in the same environment at the same activity level. This information could be vital in preventing heat stress injuries in military units worldwide.
Anmol Sood, CEO of Equivital, comments: “Heat stress can impair a person’s cognitive function and this is dangerous for those operating in extreme and unpredictable environments. The Black Ghost system is designed to provide supporting data to a team leader or medic and reduce the burden on the individual. The Heat Strain Index empowers individuals and teams for better decision making backed up by contextualised data. Black Ghost enables commanders to provide smarter, safer training and ultimately to save lives.”
For more information about Equivital and their range of mobile human monitoring products visit their site here www.equivital.co.uk/
A recent news piece on NBC News went inside JFK airport and filmed Rigaku’s Progeny ResQ 1064nm handheld Raman in action in the country’s war against opioids.
The video can be viewed here http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Inside-the-Opioids-War-at-JFK-Airport_New-York-436622063.html
This advanced RDS consists of a robust and reliable base unit with plug-in probes for detecting different types of radiation in a wide range of scenarios. The system will be manufactured in Salt Lake City by VPI Technology’s wholly owned subsidiary, D-tect Systems. The final system will be delivered in January 2018, followed by an 18-month testing period, after which it will go into full production. The DoD contract is for an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity over the next ten years. VPI will also offer a commercial version of the RDS.
VPI’s CEO, Morgan Taylor, commented: “Winning this major contract, in a competition between several organizations, was something of a David-and-Goliath moment for VPI. We were likely the smallest
company in the bid, but also the most agile and so able to respond to exactly what the US Government wanted. Also, we were happy to let the Government have full access to all product design
documentation and data, a rare concession these days.” “The development of this project highlights VPI’s collection of outstanding skills and capabilities in world-class design, testing and qualification, and manufacturing. Also, it complements our existing radiation detection equipment line. I am especially pleased with the incredible team members we have at VPI, their hard work and dedication to the principles upon which VPI is built and their efforts on this project.”
Press briefing: VPI will be holding a press briefing on stand N4-478 (State of Utah stand) on September
13, at 1500. Photo and interview opportunities are available before and after the briefing and
throughout DSEI. Media contact: Mary Ann Griffiths, +44 (0)7887 787935,
FLIR Systems Receives Delivery Order Totaling $10.5 Million from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security30 August 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
FLIR Systems has received a delivery order for FLIR identiFINDER® R300 spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs). The delivery order is under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the Human Portable Tripwire (HPT) program. The order is valued at $10.595 million, with deliveries extending through the third quarter of 2018.
The identiFINDER R300 (formerly called nanoRaider) is a belt-worn spectroscopic pager that virtually eliminates false alarms and false positives by providing continuous radiation detection capability and full threat identification. Under the contract, all DHS Components will be able to procure HPT systems and associated services, including warranty, extended warranty, maintenance support, training, and documentation, as needed.
We are honored to support DHS components with best-in-class technology that quickly detects illicit radiological and nuclear weapons materials. This delivery represents our commitment to provide mission-critical solutions that protect the frontline and keep our country safe. Production is being performed out of FLIR’s facility in Oak Ridge, TN.
For more information on the identiFINDER® R300, visit flir.com/R300
In response to an inquiry from 60 Minutes, the CDC sent a statement saying, “The gowns are being quarantined within the SNS inventory and there are no current plans to use them.” The CDC’s full statement can be found here.
In April 2017 a group of hospitals sued Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health in federal court over the alleged defects of the MICROCOOL gowns. After a nine-day trial, a jury found the companies liable for fraud and awarded $454 million in damages. Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health are challenging the decision in court.
After the story was rebroadcast Halyard Health issued a statement to 60 Minutes saying its gowns had passed tests conducted by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, proving that they meet the “highest standards” in the industry. “We continue to stand behind the quality and efficacy of our MicroCool gowns,” the statement said.
At the request of the SNS, NIOSH conducted an evaluation of the MICROCOOL gown. Specifically, the evaluation assessed whether this gown model passed the Level 4 requirements of the American Standard Institute (ANSI). A final report of findings was published on the institutes website on July 28, 2017, and shared with the manufacturer: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/FINAL-PPE-CASE-7-17-17.pdf
“The three teams we’ve assembled have innovative ideas for a versatile, layered defense system that could protect convoys on the move from multiple small unmanned aircraft systems in real time,” said Jean-Charles Ledé, a program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). “Each team will now work to integrate novel ideas for advanced sensors and neutralization approaches into a common framework emphasizing safety for civilian bystanders, ease of operation, and low size, weight, power, and cost. Our goal is a technology demonstration system that could fit onto currently deployed tactical ground vehicles and maritime vessels—getting advanced and upgradeable capabilities quickly to the warfighters who need them.”
The MFP program is aiming for three phases punctuated by open-air demonstrations involving increasingly sophisticated threats and scenarios. The goal is for the technology demonstration system to show initial functionality at the end of Phase 1 and progressively improve, culminating in a full-capability demonstration on a moving vehicle or vessel by the end of Phase 3.
At the conclusion of each open-air demonstration, DARPA plans to offer the Services and other U.S. Government agencies the opportunity to fund extended field evaluations of the current technology demonstration system.
DARPA’s goal is to develop the interim versions and the final prototype system to meet the needs of a broad number of potential U.S. Government and commercial users.
Endeavour’s SUGV meets IP67 ratings, operates in all environmental conditions, integrates multiple sensors and hardware for increased capabilities, climbs and descends stairs, provides dexterous and robust manipulation and lift/inspection capabilities while also being capable of extending operational range through mesh networking with other deployed Endeavor systems.
The Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System consists of an Android™-based, rugged, tablet controller and Persistent Systems, LLC, MPU5 Radio network. The integration of the mesh networking with Endeavor Robotics robots is a force multiplier for our warfighters by significantly increasing the distance of unmanned ground operations and enabling operators to control or observe multiple robot assets through a common controller interface.
“All of us at Endeavor Robotics are singularly focused on the development, delivery, and sustainment of life-saving robot technology. The delivery of 32 SUGVs equipped with our uPoint Multi-Robot Control System advances the entire install base in terms of interoperability across the family of Endeavor Robotics’ systems. These systems will augment the approximately 1,000 SUGVs already in use by our Armed Forces,” said Sean Bielat, CEO. “We could not be more proud of the American warfighter and remain a dedicated partner to the United States Armed Forces.”
ADM300A V1B-SIM radiation training simulator: http://www.argonelectronics.com/adm300av1b-sim-radiation-training-simulator?
Revolutionising radiation safety training for UK first responders: http://www.argonelectronics.com/blog/revolutionising-radiation-safety-training-for-uk-first-responders?
What are the key outcomes of effective CBRN and HazMat training?: http://www.argonelectronics.com/blog/what-are-the-key-attributes-of-effective-cbrn-and-hazmat-training?
“The operation was foiled because of the extra weight,” Machnouk said. “Intelligence branch followed on the case and found that Amer was involved in this act, and it appears that he was supposed to carry it out.”
Amer was detained upon arriving in Lebanon. His two brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat, were arrested in Sydney in July and charged with “two counts of acts done in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.” At the time of the arrests the Deputy Commissioner for National Security, Michael Phelan, described the plan as “one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil.”
The plane Khayyat planned to blow up is believed to be an Etihad flight out of Sydney, with 400 people onboard, 120 of them Lebanese nationals. Machnouk went on to claim that the suspects wanted to punish the UAE and Australia for being part of an the coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and called on intelligence agencies to work together.
“When four Lebanese brothers in Australia decide to blow up an Emirati jet, this means that the whole world should work together to fight terrorism,” he said. “Coordination should be 24 hours a day between all security agencies to stop such attacks.”
Further to the plane plot, the brothers had also planned to carry out a second, more sophisticated plot, which involved constructing a device that would be used to stage a gas attack in a public place, using hydrogen sulphide.
The contracts were awarded to Boeing and Northrop Grumman at $349 million and $328 million respectively
Boeing’s Strategic Deterrence Systems Director, Frank McCall, hailed the contract, saying Boeing has been providing tech support for Minuteman missile since their first launch in 1961
“The Minuteman III is the enduring ground-based leg of our nuclear triad. However, it is an aging platform and requires major investments to maintain its reliability and effectiveness,” said Gen. Robin Rand, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. “GBSD is the most cost-effective ICBM replacement strategy, leveraging existing infrastructure while also implementing mature, modern technologies and more efficient operations, maintenance and security concepts.”
The Air Force has estimated that the project would cost US taxpayers at least $62 billion. However, the Pentagon’s office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) says the costs would surpass $85 billion.
“The new weapon system will meet the combatant commander’s current requirements, while having the adaptability to affordably address changing technology and emerging threats through 2075,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson, the AFNWC commander and the Air Force program executive officer for strategic systems.
Malcolm Reese, joint program director of the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, led an effort to integrate chemical, biological, radiological and toxic industrial material sensors on re-purposed Talon IV unmanned robots, the U.S. Army said Friday.
Reese’s team also added an upgraded communication system, infrared day/night cameras and an autonomous mapping system for the CBRN robots.
Tech. Sgt. Brett Whitfill, survey team chief from the 73rd civil support team within the Kansas National Guard, said that the robots help mitigate the need for personnel to suit up for data gathering missions.
“With this [equipment] we could pull it out of our truck or trailer, set it up and send it downrange to investigate … We [can] get real-time data and real-time feedback,” added Whitfill.
ICF have supported the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program since 2000 and since then has supported FEMA and its state, local and industry partners by providing program management, policy analysis, training and exercise evaluations designed to protect the public health and safety of citizens living near the estimated 60 commercial nuclear power plants nationwide.
“This win represents ICF’s enduring commitment to FEMA’s radiological preparedness program and to building resilient communities by preparing them for response and recovery from potential catastrophic events,” said John Paczkowski, senior vice president for ICF. “We are proud to help FEMA continue to implement this critical component of the National Preparedness System.”
FEMA established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to ensure that state and local plans and preparedness can adequately protect the public health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants.
The new array is built on a modular and scalable architecture to the Army’s requirements and, once finalized, will replace the aging Patriot MPQ-65 radar. “Incremental upgrades to the existing Patriot radar no longer address current sustainment issues, current threat performance shortcomings, or provide growth for future and evolving threats,” said Mark Mekker, director of next generation radar systems at Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin is prepared to offer a next generation missile defense system that will leverage advances in radar technology to provide a modular, scalable architecture and reduce the total cost of ownership well over its 30 year lifecycle.” A video of the demonstrator can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7BkyndoIBg
“Our solution for the U.S. Army’s new air and missile defense sensor is not a new-start program. It’s a combination of technology maturation over several years and includes capability leveraged from our current development programs and battlefield-proven radars. We rely heavily on our modern radar systems such as the Q-53 and the Long Range Discrimination Radar to rapidly bring low-risk, proven technology to the warfighter,” Mekker said. “We look forward to the opportunity to participate in this competition that will ultimately drive up performance and reduce costs for the U.S. Army.”
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) is at the forefront of arming first responders with solutions to safeguard against the presence of fentanyl. Working directly with international law enforcement and hazmat agencies, SDI has adapted a range of existing technologies to be able to quickly and accurately detect fentanyl and its analogues on scene.
Fentanyl, if inhaled, may lead to respiratory arrest, is 50 times more lethal than heroin and 100 times more lethal than morphine. It is prompting fears of a public health crisis and a threat to the safety of first responders who may not be aware of its presence during a response.
SDI has adapted three of its leading technologies to detect and identify fentanyl, including:
• IONSCAN 600 - used in airports, corrections facilities and security checkpoints across the world, this portable system detects invisible amounts of narcotics like fentanyl, and explosives, in seconds.
• HazMatID Elite/Target ID - an infrared handheld chemical identifier performs chemical analysis on bulk amounts of solids and liquids, which may be used as court-admissible evidence.
• ACE-ID - utilizes laser Raman technology which allows users to test bulk quantities of unknown substances without contact, including through plastic and glass.
The technologies were designed to complement each other in response scenarios but can work independently. SDI also enhanced its ReachBackID 24/7 hotline to give first responders using these technologies access to Ph.D. scientists to support the field-based analysis of fentanyl and several of its analogues.
Shan Hood, Vice President of Product & Technology for Smiths Detection, said: “The new fentanyl threat to first responders is real and severe since accidental contact with- or inhalation-of very small amounts can be life threatening. The right technology can help first responders make better informed decisions about how best to protect themselves from fentanyl and its analogues during emergencies.”
First Line Technology received new lab results confirming that Dahlgren Decon neutralizes 100% of carfentanil in under five minutes.
This comes on the heels of a similar announcement from First Line Technology when they publicized last month that Dahlgren Decon neutralizes 100% of fentanyl in under two minutes. Absolute efficacy under five minutes for some of the most potent synthetic opioids known to man makes Dahlgren Decon one of the most effective decontamination solutions available.
“The data is irrefutable. It comes down to the superior chemical composition of Dahlgren Decon,” said Dr. Christina Baxter, former Program Manager for the CBRNE subgroup at the Technical Support Working Group. “Dahlgren Decon uses peracetic acid, which is double the strength of any hydrogen peroxide solution. It also comes in solid form which allows users to mix it on-site so there is no degradation of concentration. You always know what you’re getting with Dahlgren Decon.”
The data shows Dahlgren Decon yields a greater than 99.9% neutralization of carfentanil in under two minutes and 100% neutralization of carfentanil in under five minutes.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with these results, but our work is not done.” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “Dahlgren Decon needs to be in the hands of every first responder, law enforcement officer and hazmat crew worldwide.”
Dahlgren Decon, manufactured by First Line Technology through an exclusive technology licensing agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), is a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents, and now proven to be effective against both fentanyl and carfentanil.
A complete decontamination kit including FiberTect wipes, Dahlgren Decon solution and the Victory MG200 electrostatic sprayer can be purchased through Federal Resources, a resale partner of First Line Technology. For more information on how to purchase Dahlgren Decon or the full decontamination kit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team was assisting U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement and U.S. Homeland Security officials at the time. Acting U.S. Attorney Soo Song said that the activity was part of “an ongoing drug investigation,” and that it was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement with help from city and state police and postal inspectors.
Federal officials suspect the chemical substance was fentanyl.
Called REDDI, the Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative, The Department of Homeland Security’s Advanced Research Project Agency dispatched its team of trainers, evaluators, and scientist early this spring, and have continued with additional sessions in Miami in June; and Long Beach, CA in July. It is all in an effort to help the canine teams realize their full potential by arming them with key information on threat materials and recent attacks, exposing them to relevant operational scenarios, and providing an opportunity for valuable odor training.
The DHS’s Explosive Detection Canine Program is working with subject matter experts from Battelle, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.
“At Battelle, we have more than 20 years of experience in canine-focused research, development, testing, and evaluation,” said Kevin Good, Senior Research Scientist. “With our teams of engineers, chemists, biologists, explosives experts and veterinarians, we are perfectly suited to provide the insight and tools necessary to understand and advance the performance of our nation’s canine teams.”
A report on the analytical comparison of Raman and FT-IR is available from Rigaku Analytical Devices09 August 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
The paper “Comparison of FT-IR and Raman Spectroscopy:Identification of common chemicals in safety and security applications” produced by Dr. Suzanne Schreyer, Sr. Applications Scientist at Rigaku Analytical Devices is available to read here https://www.rigaku.com/downloads/wp/Comparison%20of%20IR%20and%20Raman%20Spectroscopy(20July2017).pdf.
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The leaking chemical was identified as propyl acetate. A full response was called in comprising of a hazardous materials unit, search-and-rescue unit and paramedics as well as two Long Beach fire boats and a lifeguard rescue boat which deployed a 1,000-foot boom in the water alongside the docked ship as a precautionary measure against environmental damage. With the assistance of port staff and crane operators the leaking tank was safely removed from the ship. One worker exposed to the fumes, along with a firefighter who fell while responding to the spill, were transported to a local hospital and reported to be in a stable condition on Sunday evening. At this time the authorities do not know what cased the leak and are still investigating.
Resolve was launched in 2016 for applications in hazmat incident management, military search and EOD, first response, law enforcement, and screening at ports & borders. The system uses Cobalt’s proprietary spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) technology to detect and identify chemicals through opaque barriers such as thick coloured plastics, dark glass, paper, card, sacks and fabric. Measured spectra are accurately matched to comprehensive on-board spectral libraries and the system identifies materials including; explosives and precursors, hazardous and toxic materials, CWAs, narcotics and new psychoactive substances, plus thousands of benign chemicals.
Resolve is already deployed worldwide - in military applications as well as in hazmat response, policing and customs screening. The system was named as one of the top new products at Pittcon 2016 by Instrument Business Outlook and was a finalist in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards.
Patrick Huber, a Professor of Physics on the project explained, “Basically we’re looking at the colors of the neutrino, and in that way we can say there’s plutonium in the reactor or not”. The prototype iscurrently at Dominion Power’s North Anna Nuclear Generating Station near Richmond. But the plan would be to stretch the detection to every country in the world.
“You would put one of these next to each reactor you want to survey, and basically you have to understand that right now the International Atomic Energy Agency is inspecting about 400 reactors around the globe,” Huber said.
Johnathan Link is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Neutrino Physics, he said, “We can actually replace the processes where we have to trust what people are telling us about how they’re producing and what they’re doing with the spent nuclear fuel, and instead we can track for ourselves.” Link believes rogue nations that balk at having to submit to inspections would have no reason to refuse such a small, unobtrusive device.The prototype is roughly a two-foot that weighs about 175 pounds, costing about $250,000 to make, funded by Virginia Tech and the National Science Foundation.
The actual detectors will cost about $2 million a piece. The researchers will demonstrate what they have now and hopefully get funding to build the real thing and put them around the world.
Anna Erickson is an assistant professor of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program at Georgia Tech, where she researches nuclear reactor design and nuclear detection with a focus on the needs for proliferation-resistant nuclear power. She is not involved with the CHANDLER project, but said the neutrino project by Virginia Tech could set a new standard for antineutrino detectors, a field stalled by tricky technology, including the sizes of previous devices too large for easy assembly, transport, and setup. Previous detectors used liquid scintillators, rather than solid plastic as does CHANDLER.
“This could open a new path for antineutrino-based reactor monitoring technology,” she said.
The acquired assets include intellectual property, a field-portable, electrochemical chip-based detection instrument and associated consumable kits for on-site, fast identification of selected bacteria, viruses and toxins.
Detection and identification of up to 6 bio-threats per assay chip occurs typically within 20 minutes, with excellent sensitivities and without any prior culturing steps for bacteria. The immunoassay kits, which Bruker now can offer for bio-detection and homeland security, include:
Biothreat Test: Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, Brucella species, Burkholderia mallei/pseudomallei, Orthopox viruses (smallpox);
Toxin Test I: Botulinum Toxins A, B, F; Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B; Ricin;
Toxin Test II: Botulinum Toxin C, D, E; Staphylococcal Enterotoxin A; Abrin;
The acquired instrument platform, the portable Bio-Detector integrated (pBDi), is ready for immediate commercial launch. Unlike other PCR-based field methods, the unique multiplex ELISA-based (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) detection with a novel electrochemical chip readout, allows rapid on-site identification of various bio-threats, including toxins, with very high sensitivity.
Developed for ease of use by non-scientific personnel, the pBDi can even be operated while working in protective gear under field conditions. Fully portable and operating from internal batteries, the pBDi can be used in ‘hot zones’.
Dr. Thomas Elssner, Bio-Detection Manager at the Bruker Detection division, commented: “We are very excited to offer the pBDi as an easy-to-use and robust detection system that was specifically designed for field applications, and which dramatically decreases the time and effort to assess the seriousness of bio-threat incidents. Our new platform also allows the flexible development of new assays and consumables to address emerging threats.”
Dr. Wolfgang Pusch, Executive Vice President of Microbiology & Diagnostics at Bruker Daltonics, added: “The new pBDi system leverages our recently acquired capabilities in monoclonal antibody production to enable new, fieldable immunoassay workflows for fast toxin, viral and bacterial detection, in the future also in clinical and food microbiology. The pBDi platform is a valuable expansion of our microbiology portfolio, consisting of the MALDI Biotyper for broad and fast microbial identification, the IR Biotyper for infection control workflows, and the Fungiplex and Carbaplex real-time PCR assays for rapid molecular testing.”
“This award will enable us to address a pressing global public health need, namely a single vaccine that can protect against all ebolaviruses. To meet this challenge, we have assembled a unique team of experts in immunogen design, structural biology, vaccine development and animal models of filovirus infection,” said Dr. M. Javad Aman.
“A novel aspect of the program will be the use of state-of-the-art imaging and computational approaches. This design work will help us craft a vaccine to steer the immune response in the right directions,” added Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire.
“We are excited to participate in this collaboration and to test novel immunogen design strategies for their ability to focus antibody responses to conserved epitopes on ebolaviruses. This will be a fantastic test for structure-based vaccine design, and it may give us insights on how to make vaccines for other more variable viruses,” added Dr. William Schief.
Dr Zhaobing Gao, lead author from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: “In our study we have begun to unravel the biological mechanism which causes organophosphate-induced delayed neuropathy. Using our expertise in drug discovery we were also able to screen a Federal Drugs Administration approved drug library of around 2,000 drugs and identify two potent drugs, duloxetine and ketotifen, which alleviated the signs of neuropathy in an animal model.”
Dr Gao added: “Our study provides compelling evidence that TRPA1 mediates OP-induced neuropathy and that TRPA1 can be targeted effectively with existing drugs that are approved by the Federal Drugs Administration. Further research will need to be conducted to assess the applicability of our findings to humans.
Under the terms of the five year contract Emergent must develop the device as well as demonstrate consistency in manufacturing, functionality and usability of the final device and undertake regulatory activities required to obtain FDA approval for use of the auto-injector in a bioterrorism incident.
“Ease of use and rapid delivery of antidotes are critical features of auto-injectors that are intended to mitigate the health effects of nerve agent exposure,” Adam Havey, executive vice president of Business Operations at Emergent, said. “Emergent’s device seeks to satisfy the requirements of the Department of Defense (DOD) for a novel auto-injector platform technology, and we look forward to collaborating with our development partners to meet the DOD’s needs.”
This is the first centre in the world to cover a whole country with both fixed and mobile CBRN sensors and units. The centre also provides a unique capability for simulated training.
“This CBRN centre in Kuwait strengthens our position as a supplier of advanced CBRN solutions. Our ability to take the prime contractor role for this ground-breaking CBRN solution is built on deep expertise and innovations in CBRN technology. It also derives from our detailed knowledge of C4I – Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence systems – as well as systems and platform integration”, says Torsten Öhman, acting Head of Business area Support and Services within Saab.
On 26 July the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) circulated a note to the Executive Council (EC) members outlining the procedures for electing its fourth Director-General (DG) (Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü’s second, and final, term ends next year). On 13 September EC members will conduct their first informal straw poll for seven shortlisted candidates. All made presentations at the EC earlier this month.
The candidates are: Fernando Arias (Spain), Abdouraman Bary (Burkina Faso), Saywan Sabir Barzani (Iraq), Won-soo Kim (South Korea), Tibor Tóth (Hungary), Jesper Vahr (Denmark) and Vaidotas Verba (Lithuania). Ambassador Arias is Spain’s Permanent Representative to OPCW. Bary is currently Africa’s Regional Coordinator for chemicals and waste at the United Nations Environment Programme. He previously headed Burkina Faso’s National Authority to the OPCW. Ambassador Barzani is Iraq’s Ambassador to the Netherlands. Won-soo was Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs under former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Tóth was formerly the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). From 1995-2001, he chaired an ad hoc group that negotiated a protocol (which was not adopted) to strengthen compliance with the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Ambassador Vahr was previously Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General. Starting in September 2014 Ambassador Verba ‘assumed the responsibilities’ of Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE). He was previously Lithuania’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW where he took an interest in dumped chemical weapons issues.
In September the EC members will complete their initial ballots. The first preference will receive 7 points, the second preference will receive 6 points and so forth. As those who receive the fewest votes drop out, the support of the EC should coalesce around a single candidate. Only EC members in good standing will be permitted to participate. In principle, members lose their vote if they are in arrears in payments for an amount that equals or exceeds the amount of contributions due from them for the preceding two full years. In 2009 the EC took 5 straw polls to achieve consensus on Ambassador Üzümcü’s candidacy.
The states parties wish to have confidence that their views will be heard and that the organization will be in a ‘safe pair of hands’. EC members are evaluating the candidates partly in terms perceived personal or prior institutional partiality they may have vis-à-vis the Syria chemical weapons file. Some EC members may consider NATO affiliation (the current DG has such an affiliation) or OSCE monitoring of the Ukraine armed conflict as problematic. Candidates who have refrained from expressing substantive views publicly could be favoured.
Some observers have noted that all the shortlisted candidates are men and that the percentage of women in the top leadership of OPCW should be increased. While civil society and others may support changing the selection process for UN-type organizations (e.g., by increased transparency and non-government inputs), the selection process for multilateral disarmament and arms control regimes remains the prerogative of governments and will continue to reflect broader geopolitical realities within the international system. As such, governments will continue to reach common understandings on the ‘political acceptability’ of individuals and to link such appointments with achieving understandings regarding other geopolitical processes and decisions outside the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) context.
In addition, all top Technical Secretariat positions will be subject to change so as to reflect the principle of ‘equitable geographic distribution’. The CWC groupings are: Africa; Asia; Eastern Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC); and Western European and Other States (WEOG). New heads of organizations also typically bring some of their own people with them.
The new DG will also oversee the definitive transition of the treaty regime towards a post-chemical weapons destruction phase. At least two visions may be realised: one of an OPCW focused on chemical weapon threats with most resources allocated accordingly, the other for the OPCW to serve as a model of international outreach and capacity-building for the peaceful uses of chemistry. Notwithstanding the experience gained in Syria, Iraq and Libya, as well as the OPCW knowledge management system, the institutional capacity of the Technical Secretariat will remain under some stress in the coming years.
Decon7 Systems, a veteran-owned chemical defense company that develops and manufactures tactical decontamination solutions for military, public safety, and security professionals worldwide, announced that their patented D7-DF200 formula can effectively neutralize one of the country’s most aggressive modern menaces: fentanyl.
With a mission to prove the efficacy of D7-DF200, the Decon7 team assembled a Fentanyl Working Group which included their staff chemist, chemists from both third party and government labs, and numerous decon experts from local, state, and national agencies across the US. This collaborative effort resulted in the establishment of test standard protocols for the efficacy of decontamination agents against the fentanyl family of synthetic opioids for application in tactical environments.
After several months of working diligently to create procedures based on the Oxidative Degradation of Fentanyl in Aqueous Solutions of Peroxides and Hypochlorite, Defence Science Journal, Vol. 61, No. 1, January 2011, pp. 30-35, (Lihong Qi, Zhenxing Cheng, Guomin Zuo, Shanmao Li and Qiping Fan) and recent Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) testing, protocols were finally validated last week. As a result, test protocol included a minimum fentanyl concentration of 10,000 nanograms so that both GC/MS and LC/MS can accurately identify neutralization and by-products when in contact with the decontamination agent being tested. It was found that testing at lower concentrations could interfere with acquiring accurate quantitative results.
During the initial run of tests with these high standards, D7-DF200 was able to eliminate over 97% of certified fentanyl in 5 minutes. These new test results add to the already broad-spectrum efficacy of D7-DF200 against blood-borne bacteria and viruses (HIV/AIDS, MRSA, Tuberculosis, Ebola, Avian Influenza), chemical and biological warfare agents (CBWs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
As a result of the urgent need from our first and military responders, Decon7 Systems and their Fentanyl Working Group are diligently working to progress an “Opioid Response Kit” into full scale production. In order to do so responsibly, they are awaiting a thorough final review of data by an additional independent laboratory and operational validation from the field. In addition to D7-DF200, they are exploring dry decon, wet wipe, and “super soap” options to include in the Opioid Response Kit.
Currently, Decon7’s BDAS+ units alone offer law enforcement personnel and first responders a safe, portable, disposable, ready-to-use solution for decontamination of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances from equipment, PPE, vehicles, building materials, uniforms, and more.
This workshop is your chance to provide insights on the missing capabilities and what ENCIRCLE can do to fill them. With practitioner support the consortium will also conduct a new threat assessment in order to take into account new needs (new threats) and technologies. The final session of the workshop will be dedicated to CBRNe Procurement and Policy.
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The webinnar will provide an overview of the following tools and methods:
• EPANET-RTX (Real–time eXtension) which are software libraries to support real-time modeling and real-time analytics of water distribution systems.
• Water Network Tool for Resilience (WNTR) which can be utilized to model and evaluate the resilience of specific water distribution systems.
• Riverine Spill Modeling System (RSMS) that supports emergency response decisions regarding drinking water plants intakes on the Ohio River. There are plans to expand this tool to other river systems.
• Decontamination methods for oil spills that impact water distribution systems, and treatment of contaminated water.
Resources supporting risk assessment activities that state laboratories and public health and environmental agencies undertake will also be presented. A key resource, the Selected Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery that assists sampling and analytical method selection, will be featured. Current research on potential exposure pathways related to high consequence pathogens (e.g., Ebola virus, Bacillus anthracis spores) in wastewater will also be summarized.
The multiyear project will investigate finafloxacin as a potential treatment for Burkholderia pseudomallei, other biothreat agents including Francisella tularensis and Yersinia pestis, and additional multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. MerLion and Dstl will initially aim to win FDA agreement on the next steps for developing the antibiotic candidate.
“We already have compelling preclinical results generated in the collaboration with our partners from Dstl for finafloxacin’s activity against various biothreat pathogens, as well as data from our positive clinical studies treating patients with cUTI infections,” said David Dally, CEO of MerLion. “The new project will enable us to investigate the activity of finafloxacin against a variety of very difficult-to-treat pathogens in more detail and will help to position finafloxacin as an effective therapy against multiple bioterrorism threats, as well as a treatment for other life-threatening infections.”
The DHS delivered a presentation about planning for a national educational program to prepare scientists to serve as effective expert witnesses in cases of nuclear smuggling.
DHS’s nuclear forensic educational awareness program enables scientist participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills using a fictional set of nuclear forensic case materials. The program covers every step a scientist would take in preparation for an actual court appearance and will conclude in a mock trial. Expert feedback and lessons learned provide participants with a set of technical and communication skills that will be invaluable should they serve as nuclear forensic witnesses in a real court setting.
The drone forensics work will focus on conducting cutting-edge research that will address key aspects of collecting digital forensics data from drone systems. During the research, VTO will target the identification and definition of the various data types residing on drones and their connected systems, including drone board systems, flight controllers, connected mobile devices and computers, onboard cameras, and network communications between a drone and its controller. The company also will seek to identify each drone’s data-acquisition method, including logical and physical acquisition opportunities such as circuit board-level interface (JTAG) and flash-memory removal (chip-off) to identify data artifacts on drones.
The project’s final deliverable will be a website that will support law enforcement officers, forensic services specialists and researchers. This website will be populated with instruction information obtained from the complete physical teardown and analysis of sample consumer- and professional-level drones as well as their connected controllers and peripheral devices.
“This drone forensics project will provide law enforcement the ability to extract and analyze evidentiary data from expensive and sophisticated professional drones to relatively simple store-bought drones,” said Megan Mahle, Program Manager in S&T’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). “This is a capability the law enforcement community needs, especially as the popularity of drones and their use in criminal activity continues to grow.”
The award is part of the S&T Cyber Security Division’s (CSD) Cyber Forensics project, which develops cost-effective and novel cyber forensics solutions that help law enforcement keep pace with advances in technology. The project focuses on development of new capabilities to help law enforcement with the forensic investigations of digital evidence from various devices such as mobile phones and automobile infotainment systems.
CSD’s mission is to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical information infrastructure and the Internet by developing and delivering new technologies, tools and techniques to defend against cyberattacks. The division, which is part of S&T’s HSARPA, conducts and supports technology transitions and leads and coordinates research and development among DHS components, government agencies, the private sector and international partners. More information on CSD
The final phase of testing, expected to take around six months, will be conducted using live chemical agents and it is expected to confirm the results produced at PyroGenesis’ facilities when using surrogate chemical agents.
“We are highly confident that our System will pass the Final Testing Phase particularly given the fact that we significantly exceeded the minimum requirements of 99.99% destruction efficiency using surrogates,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “As previously announced, our System demonstrated more than 99.9999% efficiency using surrogates which emulated destruction of such chemical warfare agents such as sarin (GB), soman (GD), and mustard (HD). This additional contract will allow PyroGenesis to support testing using real chemical warfare agents at a secure site.”
The PACWADS has been shipped to a secure site and the final phse of testing has started.